Chelsea hoping to use Genk ties to beat Liverpool to summer Sander Berge transfer

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Chelsea are looking to use their close ties with Genk to rival Liverpool and Napoli for Sander Berge.

According to Goal, Berge is very likely to leave the Belgian champions in the summer, when the Blues’ transfer ban will be lifted, with only 18 months left in his current contract.

A host of clubs are said to be keeping tabs on the highly-rated midfielder, who has already recorded 20 appearances this season, but no official offer has been tabled yet.

Chelsea have a close connection to Genk after buying Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne from them in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

And the Stamford Bridge outfit look set to put their good relationship with the Belgian outfit to good use.

But Genk’s sporting director Dimitri De Conde claims that there is a wide interest in Berge from a host of Serie A clubs, such as Napoli, as well as Liverpool.

De Conde said: “Napoli are interested in Sander, it’s a possibility a deal could be done.

“We also know that Liverpool are interested and [Jurgen] Klopp, after the game at Anfield [in the Champions League], complimented him on his performance.

“There are clubs in Italy who are following Berge and Napoli could be one of them, but at this stage, there are no offers on the table.

“From next week, things could change.

“We haven’t had any official contact with Napoli yet.”

Berge also appeared keen on joining Liverpool as he described them as the best and most popular team in the world at the moment.

The 21-year-old Norway international added that a possible transfer at Anfield would be a dream come true.

Berge said: “Playing at Anfield is a dream for everyone in the world, and not least for Norwegians.

“Liverpool are the best team [at the moment] and have the most fans.

“So I would certainly like to play at Anfield as often as possible.”

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